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What is the Monkeysphere?

What is the Monkeysphere?
"There's that word again..." The Monkeysphere is the group of people who each of us, using our monkeyish brains, are able to conceptualize as people. If the monkey scientists are monkey right, it's physically impossible for this to be a number much larger than 150. Most of us do not have room in our Monkeysphere for our friendly neighborhood sanitation worker. So, we don't think of him as a person. And even if you happen to know and like your particular garbage man, at one point or another we all have limits to our sphere of monkey concern. Those who exist outside that core group of a few dozen people are not people to us. Remember the first time, as a kid, you met one of your school teachers outside the classroom? I mean, they're not people. "So? Oh, not much. It's like this: which would upset you more, your best friend dying, or a dozen kids across town getting killed because their bus collided with a truck hauling killer bees? They're all humans and they are all equally dead. Sort of.

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Psychology Of Fraud: Why Good People Do Bad Things /Illustrations by Adam Cole/NPR Editor's note on Feb. 14, 2018: Please scroll to the end of this story to see a corrections note. Enron, Worldcom, Bernie Madoff, the subprime mortgage crisis. Over the past decade or so, news stories about unethical behavior have been a regular feature on TV, a long, discouraging parade of misdeeds marching across our screens. In general, when we think about bad behavior, we think about it being tied to character: Bad people do bad things. Which brings us to the story of Toby Groves. Chapter 1: The Promise Groves grew up on a farm in Ohio. "I can picture this," he recalls. Toby says his father simply thrust a newspaper at him. Toby's brother was almost 20 years older than Toby and worked at a local bank. Toby says he always had a difficult relationship with his brother. So it's against this emotional backdrop that what happens next occurs. Now for Toby, this was an easy promise to make. Which is what makes the addendum to this story all the more startling.

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47 Mind-Blowing Psychology-Proven Facts You Should Know About Yourself I’ve decided to start a series called 100 Things You Should Know about People. As in: 100 things you should know if you are going to design an effective and persuasive website, web application or software application. Or maybe just 100 things that everyone should know about humans! The order that I’ll present these 100 things is going to be pretty random. So the fact that this first one is first doesn’t mean that’s it’s the most important.. just that it came to mind first. Dr. My Suggestions - My Solutions My Suggestions - My Solutions I’m not naïve enough to think I have all the answers and I don’t pretend to understand every aspect of how the world works but I do believe in simple answers. These are my solutions to some of our current problems. Thank you for taking a couple of minutes to read my suggestions. Election Reforms Presidential, Senate and House elections should all be held on the same day. Currently Senate elections are staggered 33% every two years. If all federally elected offices were accountable and elected on the same day then they would be encouraged to work together. Presidential, Senate and House terms should each be for 5 years and limited to two terms. Currently Senators and House Representatives can be in office until the day they die. Eliminate all political contributions including PAC’s and lobbying efforts. When it comes to elections, free speech is important but “equal speech” and "equal access" is more important. Eliminate elected office pensions and benefits. War

6 Real People With Mind-Blowing Mutant Superpowers If the insane, explosive popularity if superhero movies is any indication, we are fascinated by people who are insanely better than us at any given thing. Probably because, in real life, we're all such a bunch of incompetent boobs that we've been enslaved by blue paint, flashing lights and crying French babies. But it turns out, superpowers are real. And not just the secret ones that everyone has, or even the ones everyone thinks they have -- this Cracked Classic is about a group of people that, in a sane world, would already have multi-colored leather jumpsuits, delightfully mismatched personality traits and a skyscraper shaped like whatever they decide to call themselves. We've all dreamed of having superpowers at some point (today), but the majority of us have to accept the sobering reality that preternatural abilities simply aren't possible. For instance ... #6. As with most superpower discoveries, Xiangang found his by acting like a braying jackass. So What's Going on Here? #5. #4.